Adelaide Leitão

Business Unit Diretor @ Closer Consulting

I started in an ERP & SCM international software provider, learning about customer requirements from the “inside” whilst implementing solutions in local and international customers from different industry sectors. For 14 years this project at IBS AB (now Iptor Group) provided paths for individual development while fulfilling the company’s mission. I later became Director for Iberia & Brazil, managing operations in different geographies, cultures and “modus operandi”, coordinating merger & acquisition processes, and amongst other challenges, being member of HQ Global Boards, namely Sales & Marketing plus Education & Competence.

I later decided to focus on human cognition, behavior, mind and brain, and mastered in Cognitive Sciences, the interdisciplinary field of studies crossing Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Cognitive Psychology, Neurosciences, Philosophy and Linguistics, while leading the IBM Analytics software portfolio. In this role, I managed sales and projects, business partners and ecosystem, driving complex cases and deepening expertise in Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, Data Science and Machine Learning fields where I also concluded post graduation studies and several professional certifications.

I’ve led the data science & machine learning team at Accenture Applied Intelligence in Portugal, a role that included business development and project management, prior to the position I currently hold at Closer as Consulting director. Closer is a data science consulting firm specialized in data, business intelligence, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence. Our mission is to challenge complexity.

Aimed at people and talent, I’ve engaged in programs for talent and skills development, training, coaching and mentoring, a remarkable experience both at academic and corporate level as well as independently working with entrepreneurs and executives.
I serve the community as a proud Toastmaster and as mentor and volunteer in several organizations such as WiDS (Women in Data Science), GRACE , PWN Lisbon, PWiT , WomenWinWin, Acredita Portugal, EntrAjuda and Banco Alimentar .
Currently I am a PhD student at ISEG with research project proposal in the area of information systems and ethical frameworks for data science projects.